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COVID-19

COVID-19 PATIENT RESOURCES/INFORMATION

Self Referral for Coronavirus Testing (NI)

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 https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test

Who can apply for a test?

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can apply if they are, or live with an essential worker, a person aged 65 or over, or someone who travels to work. You can also apply for a test if you have a clinical referral from NHS 111 online. Coronavirus symptoms are a high temperature or a new, continuous cough.

When to apply for a test

You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. It’s best to apply for the test in the first 3 days as it may take 1 or 2 days to arrange.


Medical Advice -Coronavirus

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https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Information based on the latest evidence regarding Covid-19 produced by the UK government. For patients/parents/carers


Advice for Employers/Employee's- Northern Ireland Specific

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https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-business-and-employers

If you require medical evidence for self isolation or home working, please print off the Covid letter above- we are not issuing individualized letters as per current government guidelines. 


Link to HMRC Self Certification

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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statutory-sick-pay-employees-statement-of-sickness-sc2 

HMRC Form SC2- for self certification. Also see link for specific NHS 111 Isolation note. A more detailed letter from the surgery is available as above should further documentation be required.


NHS 111 Isolation Note

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https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note 

If you require an isolation note- follow this link to apply via NHS 111


Information On Prescriptions

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We are producing prescriptions in line with our current practices. We are NOT issuing early in order to ensure a steady medicines supply throughout the province as per the Guidelines given to us from the Health and Social Care Board. Patients will be asked to nominate a pharmacy for collection as we are minimising footfall through the surgery. This is a temporary measure in light of the current pandemic and as soon as possible, patients will be invited back to collect their own prescription where desired.


Information On Appointments

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All Routine Appointments have been suspended. GP appointments will be initially screened by reception staff. Please expect a phone call from the GP. This is to minimise the risk of spread of Coronavirus in line with the UK Government guidelines. We may offer a video consultation in certain circumstances where we feel it necessary to see remotely. 

As it is only a half day on a Wednesday in the surgery, telephone triage will be for emergencies only on a Wednesday morning.There may also be some weeks during the summer where we will have to run with emergency only telephone triage as it can prove difficult at times to get GP cover.

During these times our reception staff will do their best to deal with your queries but you may be asked to call back the following week to speak to a GP.

We appreciate your co-operation and patience during these times.


Coronavirus 'Sex-Plained'

Can I get Coronavirus from having sex?

Click here for more information..


TEST TRACE PROTECT

The Public Health Agency has launched a new public information campaign Test Trace Protect.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of Coronavirus and encourage individuals who are symptomatic to follow the appropriate steps including:

  • Booking a test quickly
  • Helping with contact tracing
  • Self-isolating when advised

Further advice and information can be found here :

TEST TRACE PROTECT - INFORMATION GUIDE

TEST TRACE PROTECT - STEP BY STEP GUIDE


FACE  COVERINGS   😷

From 10 July 2020, it’s the law that passengers and staff on public transport MUST wear a face covering:

• on bus, coach and train services
• in public transport stations
• in indoor areas of a ferry and outdoor areas where you can’t keep two metres social distance

Although face coverings may not prevent you from becoming infected with the virus, they help prevent people who don’t know they have the virus spreading it to others.

A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.

It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.

🤚 Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off.

👁 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.

 Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose.

Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.

You should wash a face covering regularly. It can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent.  When wearing a face covering, take care to tuck away any loose ends.


😷 Further information on making a face covering can be found here

👉 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering



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